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RESEARCH

We offer a range of educational programmes to create opportunities for artists to develop pedagogical projects, and for participants to learn through in-depth engagement with an artist’s practice and modes of production. We also produce educational programmes and collaborations with partner educational institutions to facilitate this process. On invitation, we delivers workshops tailored to educational institutions and interested groups in the Netherlands and abroad with artists we work with or our curatorial team.


While each production follows an individual trajectory of development and presentation, our programma also coalesces around a field of inquiry. Through reading groups, radio programmes and other events we invite the practitioners involved in the programme, as well as our audiences to engage in research related to performance in a socio-political context.




2019–20
Commissions
Pauline Curnier Jardin

Qu’un sang impur, introduction

Screening
Saturday 26 October 2019, 15hr

Within the commissions series Pauline Curnier Jardin makes her first feature film, extending her interest in rituals that accompany life phases. During the introductory weekend she presents her ideas for the new commission, and screens her latest movie, part of the feature film trajectory, Qu’un sang impur.


Acknowledgements

Qu’un sang impur is co-produced by Bergen Assembly, Freunde der Nationalgalerie / Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution.

 

Introductions at:

Not Yet Shebang

Hettenheuvelweg 16

1101 BN Amsterdam

The Netherlands

 

Full weekend programme

 

Free/reservation required via office@ificantdance.org

MPA

Liveness, introduction

Performance
Saturday 26 October 2019, 12hr

“I want to create a moment, call it a performance, where we cut through the bullshit and lick the wounds of empire and shoot com-passions to the back doors of enemies. I want to believe that this moment will move you which is move me to levitate. Like saints and shamans and magic makers, I want us the colonizers and the colonized and the mutants in-between to expire empire by driving forcefields on psychic highways to change the game (which is no game at all) of cages and prisons. Spinning around we will sound no alarms but move to disarm the deceptions clinging to our hearts. “they” told us to disbelieve in love.

 

Gambling the gifts from spirits, Truths were murdered, and then called myth. Resilience looks like “reply silence”. I want to create a moment where we hear our silent answers. You that drive this curse know no prayers. No need to explain any of this through science (yet). Love is universal as in lawful…taking flesh of flesh for proceed is human made. Contact with the belly of heaven, and wheel me to the clay of creation. This text cannot edit and fails credit. No buying time. Time is spent. War time is no time, but all the time. I suggest we bend this blind time with enlightened minds.”

Within the commissions series MPA creates a new theatre performance in which she focuses on telepathic techniques to move matter. As part of the weekend introducing the new 2019-20 program, MPA presents a performance.

 

Introductions at:
Not Yet Shebang

Hettenheuvelweg 16

1101 BN Amsterdam

The Netherlands

 

Full weekend programme

 

Free/reservation required via office@ificantdance.org

Sands Murray-Wassink

Up To And Including 

His Limits, introduction

Performance
Saturday 26 2019, 15hr

I am doing it because I feel insignificant. And I don’t agree with patriarchal logic which says that insecure people overcompensate with outrageous behavior. Or I would say that this patriarchal logic should be seen through a feminist lens. Carolee Schneemann did not have a permanent teaching job or advisory position her whole life and it was because she was never complacent toeing the line. And she didn’t strive to not toe the line, she did intuitively and fiercely what she thought was necessary in the face of total denial and came up trumps. She’s one for the Istory books now. Like Virginia. I want to be nature to women’s culture. I want to cul-tivate. My studio archiving and sorting and organizing and optimizing is an attempt at a skeleton. A profeminist painter’s skeleton. I am 45 years of desiring meat, blood, flesh. I come from the margins. Nice to meet you.

Within the commissions series Sands Murray-Wassink digs, orders, and archives the full inventory of his studio as a durational performance over a period of one year. This will take place in a studio at the Rijksakademie from October 2019 to October 2020 accompanied by a program of public events. Sands will speak about key elements in his practice in relation to this new performance, taking stock of his studio.

 

Introductions at:

Not Yet Shebang

Hettenheuvelweg 16

1101 BN Amsterdam

The Netherlands

 

Full weekend programme

 

Free/reservation required via office@ificantdance.org

Research projects
Derrais Carter

Black Revelry, introduction

Lecture
Sunday 27 October 2019, 15hr

Derrais Carter will give an introduction to his research project, examining the 1970s painting Sugar Shack by Ernie Barnes as a rhizome for exploring black intimacy.

 

Introductions at:

Not Yet Shebang

Hettenheuvelweg 16

1101 BN Amsterdam

The Netherlands

 

Full weekend programme

 

Free/reservation required via office@ificantdance.org

Sara Giannini

Maquillage as Meditation. Dis-identity, ecstasy and the feminine in Carmelo Bene’s performance philosophy, introduction

Lecture
Sunday 27 October 2019, 12hr

Sara Giannini will give an introduction to her research project, looking into the complex ways in which the actor, author, director, and public persona Carmelo Bene (1937–2002) rethought the stage beyond the fictional realm as a philosophical space.

 

Introductions at:

Not Yet Shebang

Hettenheuvelweg 16, 1101 BN Amsterdam

The Netherlands

 

Full weekend programme

 

Free/reservation required via office@ificantdance.org

Lisa Robertson

wide rime, introduction

Lecture
Sunday 27 October 2019, 12hr

Lisa Robertson will give an introduction on her ongoing research project wide rime, on the innovation and cultural movements of rhyme in medieval troubadour poetry.

 

Introductions at

Not Yet Shebang

Hettenheuvelweg 16

1101 BN Amsterdam

The Netherlands

 

Full weekend programme

 

Free/reservation required via office@ificantdance.org

Ritual and Display
Reading Group

Giulia Damiani and the Reading Group,
Introduction

Reading Group

Giulia Damiani and the Reading Group,
Prophecies and Oracles

Reading Group
July 2019

Third gathering of the Ritual and Display Reading Group with prophecies and oracles.

 

What’s the relation of performance and performativity with prophecy? How can the prophetess magnetise the future? How can silence be transformed into language and action? The group coalesced around these questions and a series of images, including a volcanic eruption and a 17th century illustration of underground fire canals. We explored instances where natural elements were used for divining the future and for self-revelation. Volcanic eruptions entered our conversation as reminders of the prophecies of the end of the world, but also as conveyors of the limitations of our rational system of thinking. We celebrated our final coming together before the summer with an Oracle for a Reading Group, offered to us by artist and researcher Hestia Peppe. Each of us became querent and oracle. We thought about the agency of the listener or receiver of the oracle. We played and we let ourselves go. 


Acknowledgements

Texts and materials by Steven Connor, Emily Dickinson, Silvia Federici, Athanasius Kircher, Leonilson, Audre Lorde, Hestia Peppe

 

Open to the public by invitation

Giulia Damiani and the Reading Group,
Magic and Spells

Reading Group
June 2019

Giulia Damiani and the Reading Group,
Ritual and Display

Reading Group
May 2019
Radio Emma
Symposium
Bachelor course
SNDO, Course 18/19
Master course
Dutch Art Institute, Course 18/19
Summer school
Summer school Jeremiah Day
2017–18
Commissions
Mounira Al Solh
keyon gaskin

prefers not to contextualize their art with their credentials.

NASHA

d.a. carter

This essay provides an account of keyon gaskin’s NASHAby d.a. carter, presented at Bijlmer Parktheater in Amsterdam on 30 November 2018.

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Design: Will Holder

ISBN 9789492139139

 

Digital version: PDF

Print version: 24 pp., 10,5 x 15 cm, saddle-stitched, English, 2019

 

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NASHA

Performance
Friday 30 November 2018, 18.15–22.30hr

King’s Day Protest

Screening
Friday 30 November 2018, 17.45hr

this is a performance.

you are a community.

you are my material.

this is a prison.

leave when you want.

Performance
Friday 28 September 2018, 19.30hr

its not a thing

Performance
Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September 2017, 19hr
Myriam Lefkowitz

(b. 1980, Paris. Lives in Paris) creates conditions for augmented perceptive experiences that favour attention, trust, and the negotiation of emotions and relations; she designs a new “choreographic tool” over a series of workshops.

La Bibliothèque

Susan Gibb

This essay provides an account of Myriam Lefkowitz’La Bibliothèque by Susan Gibb, presented in the Library of the University of Amsterdam from 22–28 November 2018.

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Design: Will Holder

ISBN 9789492139146

 

Digital version: PDF

Print version: 15 pp., 10,5 x 15 cm, saddle-stitched, English, 2019

 

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€5

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How Can One Know in Such Darkness?

Performance
Saturday 24 November 2018

La Bibliothèque

Performance
Thursday 22 November 2018
Friday 23 November 2018
Monday 26 November 2018
Tuesday 27 November 2018
Wednesday 28 November 2018

The Book Club: A Space for Collective Study and Experimentation

Reading Group
Saturday 7 July 2018, 12–18hr

Practising Attention

Workshop
Monday 5 February 2018, 10–18hr

Practising Attention

Workshop
Wednesday 13 December 2017, 10–18hr

Practising Attention

Workshop
Friday 17 November 2017, 14–18hr

How can one know in such darkness?

Performance
Saturday 28 October 2017, 14hr
Charlotte Prodger

(b.1974, Bournemouth, UK. Lives in Glasgow) works with sculpture, writing, and moving image of which its ever-evolving formats are inextricably bound to the autobiographical content of her work. Her recent videos set up complex tensions between the body, landscape, identity, and time. This new single-channel film that explores what happens to the coded signifiers of queer bodies within uninhabited wildernesses.

SaF05

Exhibition
11 May – 24 November 2019

SaF05, Charlotte Prodger’s newest single channel video, draws upon multiple sources – archival, scientific and diaristic – and combines footage from a number of geographical locations (the Scottish Highlands, the Great Basin Desert, the Okavango Delta and the Ionian Islands). 

 

SaF05 is named after a maned lioness that figures in the work as a cipher for queer attachment and desire. This animal is the last of several maned lionesses documented in the Okavango Delta and is only known to Prodger through a database of behaviours and camera-trap footage logged across several years. 

 

These indexes of SaF05’s existence are intersected with autobiographical fragments from Prodger’s own life that fluctuate between proximity and distance. Much of Prodger’s work looks at subjectivity, self-determination and queerness. SaF05 is the last in a trilogy of videos that began with Stoneymollan Trail (2015) and was followed by BRIDGIT (2016). This autobiographical cycle traces the accumulation of affinities, desires and losses that form a self as it moves forward in time. 

 

39 min, col, English


Acknowledgements

SaF05, single-channel video, is produced by Scotland + Venice in partnership with If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution with additional support from Charlotte Prodger Supporters Circle, Elephant Trust, Hollybush Gardens, Koppe Astner, Mercer Union Toronto, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. 

 

SaF05, the exhibition, has been commissioned by the Scotland + Venice partnership with funding support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, and is curated by Linsey Young with Cove Park.  

 

On its return to Scotland the work will tour the Highlands and Islands while If I Can’t Dance will lead an international tour of the work to the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Mercer Union Toronto.

The 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Presented at:
Arsenale Docks,

San Pietro di Castello, 40

30122 Venice, Italy

 

More information and tickets

Passing as a Great Grey Owl

Screening
Thursday 8 November – Tuesday 4 December 2018, 14–18hr

BRIDGIT and LHB, with other videos

Screening
Saturday 14 October 2017, 14hr
Research projects
Rhea Anastas
Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez
Social Movement
Reading Group
Radio Emma
Lecture
Master course
Dutch Art Institute, Course 17/18
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2015–16
Commissions
Leonor Antunes
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
Joke Robaard
Alex Martinis Roe
Research projects
Erin Alexa Freedman and Lili Huston Herterich
Fred Moten and Wu Tsang
Peter Pal Pelbart
Event and Duration
Reading Group Amsterdam
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Symposium
2013–14
Appropriation and Dedication
Reading Group Amsterdam
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Radio Emma
Symposium
Commissions
Gerry Bibby
Sara van der Heide
Snejanka Mihaylova
Emily Roysdon
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Sven Lütticken
Grant Watson
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Affect
Reading Group
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Symposium
Commissions
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Sung Hwan Kim
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Research projects
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Vanessa Desclaux
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2008–10
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Jon Mikel Euba
Olivier Foulon
Suchan Kinoshita
Joachim Koester
Sarah Pierce
Masquerade
Reading Group
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Symposium
2006–08
Commissions
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The Otolith Group
Will Holder
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Jutta Koether
Maria Pask
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Frances Stark
Haegue Yang
Katarina Zdjelar
Feminist Legacies and Potentials
Reading Group
Symposium
2005
Commissions
Johanna Billing
Matti Braun
Gerard Byrne
Yael Davids
Mariana Castillo Deball
Radio group LIGNA